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Blu Ristorante

17A Yorkville Ave.
TorontoON
 
(647) 360-9449
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On the quiet eastern front of Yorkville, set back behind a brick facade, Blu is an Italian restaurant based on authentic classic cuisine created by executive chef Massimo Callovini. Warmly lit stone walls and grand mirrors surround cozy leather seating and dark wood tables. Enter through a casual bar, which then leads to a hip, upscale dining room with an inviting ambience. Dinner is enhanced by the soothing live music Wednesday through Saturday. Enjoy impeccable service for intimate dining or for large private parties up to 110 guests. One will remember Blu as a true memorable dining experience. We specialize in all types of private functions such as weddings, corporate functions, presentations, product launches, fashion shows, etc. We provide our clients with a professional A/V...
On the quiet eastern front of Yorkville, set back behind a brick facade, Blu is an Italian restaurant based on authentic classic cuisine created by executive chef Massimo Callovini. Warmly lit stone walls and grand mirrors surround cozy leather seating and dark wood tables. Enter through a casual bar, which then leads to a hip, upscale dining room with an inviting ambience. Dinner is enhanced by the soothing live music Wednesday through Saturday. Enjoy impeccable service for intimate dining or for large private parties up to 110 guests. One will remember Blu as a true memorable dining experience. We specialize in all types of private functions such as weddings, corporate functions, presentations, product launches, fashion shows, etc. We provide our clients with a professional A/V system.
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  • Starting at 8:00 PMJohn Campbell Pianist/singer
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  • No corkage fee.
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Review: Jazzing up the mystery behind the facade

 
By Adam Waxman, reviewed on April 15, 2009

Blu, Italian for blue, is the colour of mystery. On the quiet eastern front of Yorkville, set back behind a brick façade, Blu is an Italian restaurant based on classic cuisine presents a warm and modern flare.

Warmly lit faux stone walls and grand...

Blu, Italian for blue, is the colour of mystery. On the quiet eastern front of Yorkville, set back behind a brick façade, Blu is an Italian restaurant based on classic cuisine presents a warm and modern flare.

Warmly lit faux stone walls and grand mirrors surround cozy leather seating and dark wood tables. The 135-person room is part upscale bistro, part informal lounge, with a hip, urban ambiance. After 10pm, a ten by five foot stage is set for jazz on Thursday evenings, and something a little more upbeat on Friday and Saturday evenings. The music is not the main attraction though. It is one element of the ambiance, "for people that don't really want to go to clubs anymore, but want to have a night out, and have fun at the same time; go for dinner, and have live entertainment," says owner Alfredo Rodriquez.

The doors opened in October to a fanfare of food mavens, but the menu has since been refined from its Mediterranean concept to a strictly Northern Italian focus: simple and authentic. As star veteran chef Massimo Callovini points out, "We are very picky; very finicky." The addition of Callovini, who trained and seasoned in Italy, as well as having crafted a celebrated career in Toronto's restaurant scene, is just what Rodriquez needed to launch his vision of an Italian kitchen rooted in tradition, but representative of what Italian dining is now.

What to order is made as simple as closing my eyes and choosing the menu item on which my finger lands. Each classic dish tastes exactly how it should and does not disappoint. Fettuccine ($12) with seasonal vegetables, white wine and plum tomato sauce would make any nonna proud. Just as the pasta is al dente, so too are the red peppers, zucchini, and crisp asparagus tips, which combine to make this sauce fresh and full of gusto. Penne Gorgonzola ($16) with leek and arugula is another back-to-basics pasta. Hearty and robust, the Gorgonzola and Bourbon cream sauce will make you clean your plate unabashedly. Braised Lamb Shank ($22) is a generous portion that fills me up without weighing me down. It is slow cooked and softened while maintaining the meat's integrity. The peppercorn sauce gives a kick that scores, and an accompanying ratatouille is a tasty harvest of seasonal vegetables cooked crisp and clean. Red potatoes, light, sweet, and firm, are yet another example that ingredients cooked well do not need anything added to them.

Of the popular desserts, I only have eyes for Molten Chocolate Cake ($12). Adorned with caramel and berries, it requires up to 20 minutes to bake; rarely is this decadence so worth the wait. In the meantime the wine list is extensive, but it's the selection of $12 Blu martinis, concocted in-house, that tempt me.

It requires skill, care, and experience to make something seem so easy. Whether it is the sauce or the atmosphere, all the elements must combine together seamlessly, and here they do. Indeed the mystery of Blu is in its name only.

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Georgia Elegante recommends Blu Ristorante

Love the food and ambience. I have dined here several times and it's always been a most enjoyable experience.
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Liz Gallo recommends Blu Ristorante

Love BLU!!! Check out this great pic of Alfredo. He is so handsome and friendly too. http://restaurantevents.ca/52/
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I went here for an Anniversary recently and we were so impressed! The food was delicious, the atmosphere very soft (and romantic) - I only wish I had more time to stay and listen to the Piano player more, he was fantastic and really added something special to the overall experience. Definitely will be returning!!
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Loved this place! Food was incredibly delicious and there was soo much I wanted to try! Beautiful decor along with efficient, polite service! Already made my next reservations!
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